Student Activities | College Catalog

The student activities offered at Bridgewater College enrich the students’ overall college experience. Students are able to engage in activities that are of interest to them, gain valuable leadership experience and learn important skills related to working with groups and individuals.

Student Government

The student government is organized into the administrative, legislative and judicial branches. Through its president and appointed student members of college committees, students are

involved in many aspects of College operations. The Student Senate, an organization of students elected by the four classes, serves as the basic policy-making authority of the student body. The Senate must approve the student body president’s appointments; may override the student body president’s vetoes; may conduct impeachment proceedings against student government officials; determines guidelines for all activities of the Student Senate, the committee chairs and the Honor Council; and allocates funds to various student groups. Through the student government,

an individual student has the opportunity to fulfill the role of a voting citizen in a community of 1,850 citizens, to help mold student opinion, to cooperate with the faculty in interpreting College traditions, to direct the Honor System and to serve as a citizen in relation to a general governing body for many student co-curricular activities.

Honor Council

The Honor Council, the judicial branch of the student government, hears cases involving alleged violations of the Code of Honor. The Code prohibits cheating, stealing and lying in regard to academic matters, lying during Honor Council proceedings and failing to report or confront known violators of the Code of Honor. The Council is composed of nine students appointed by the student body president.

They serve from the time they are appointed until graduation, resignation or impeachment. A chairperson, appointed from within the council members by the student body president, oversees each case of alleged infractions. Refer to The Eagle handbook for additional guidelines.

The Eagle

The Eagle (bridgewater.edu/files/EagleStudentHandbook.pdf ), the student handbook, is a resource which outlines College policies, support services, important student information and a detailed description of all student organizations. Additionally, the “Constitution of the Student Government” and the detailed regulations under which it operates are set forth in The Eagle.

Eagle Productions

Eagle Productions is the programming board that plans and implements night and weekend activities for students. The group seeks to provide a diverse and comprehensive program of activities for the whole campus such as comedians, musicians, game shows and so much more. Eagle Productions also provides leadership development for its members. This group works with an advisor to plan and implement a creative program of night and weekend events on campus.

Spirit Team

The Spirit Team is a group that encourages school spirit. This team is focused on Ernie the Eagle and consists of mascots and mascot handlers. Mascots and handlers have monthly practices and attend various Bridgewater community activities. This group is run through the Student Activities office in collaboration with the cheerleading coach.

Student Clubs

Student clubs include the following: Active Minds, Alpha Phi Omega service organization, American Chemical Society, Association of Computing Machinery, Athletic Training Club, BC Allies, BC Collegiate Entrepreneurs Organization, BC Family Career and Community

Leaders of America (FCCLA), BC Frisbee Golf, BC Wrestling Club, Black Student Association, Brethren Student Movement, Bridgewater Chapter of New Community Project, Bridgewater Chapter of Society for Human Resource Management, Bridgewater College Ultimate Frisbee Club, Bushido, Campus Crusade for Christ, Catholic Campus Ministry, Civil War Club, Comitatus, Communications Club, Dialogue Club, Eagle Productions, Eco Action Club, Equestrian Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Fly Fishing Club, Future Educators of Bridgewater College, Habitat for Humanity, In-Step Dance Club, International Club, Lend A Paw, Physics Club, Pinion Players, Pre-Law Society, Pre-Med Society, Public History Club, Residence Hall Association, Ripples, Ski and Snowboard Club, Soul Pancake, Student Senate, Veritas and the World Languages Club.

Student Organizations

Student organizations include the following: A Capella Choir, BC Commuters, Campus Interfaith Board, Campus Spiritual Life Board, Chorale, Church Travel Teams, Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, Handbell Choir, Interdistrict Youth Cabinet, Jazz Ensemble, National Association for Music Education, Oratorio Choir, Orientation Leaders, Pep Band, Student Alumni Network, Student Ambassador Association, Student Athlete Advisory Council and Symphonic Band.

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi, Alpha Psi Omega, Beta Beta Beta, Delta Sigma Rho Tau Kappa Alpha, Lambda Pi Eta, Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, Philomathes Society and Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges.

Student Publications

Students write, edit and publish Veritas, the campus newspaper, which highlights campus news and affords students opportunities to air public opinions on campus issues, College policies and student government action. Students also publish the College yearbook, Ripples.

The Philomathean is a journal of student papers, essays, short stories, poems and visual art published each year by Bridgewater College. “Philomathean” means love of, or devotion to, learning; the Philomathean reflects this ideal by recognizing and honoring student creativity and scholarship. A student may submit on his or her own initiative work produced for a course, or faculty members may recommend a student’s work to a faculty editorial board that selects the contributions to be included in the publication.

Music

Bridgewater recognizes the importance of music, not only as a part of the curriculum of a liberal arts college, but also as a vital part of campus life. The Oratorio Choir is a large ensemble that rehearses during the fall semester and performs a major work before semester break. The Concert Choir, a large student ensemble, performs on campus and tours extensively in the spring semester. The Chorale is a select group of singers chosen from within the Concert Choir that performs on campus and tours at various times during the year to schools and churches.

Instrumental ensembles at Bridgewater include the Symphonic Band, the Jazz Ensemble, the Pep Band and small woodwind and brass ensembles. These bands and ensembles perform on campus in both formal and informal concerts. Other singing groups include the Gospel Choir and the A Capella Choir.

String instrument players may take applied lessons for credit. They may also register for chamber music ensembles; at the beginning of the semester, they will be assigned to chamber music groups and then participate in one of the department’s chamber music concerts. They also have the opportunity to audition for nearby orchestras. For more details, contact Larry Taylor, associate professor of music.

Theatre

Theatre at Bridgewater College produces two major works each year. These productions are chosen to enhance the academic experience of direct course work, as well as to respond to and reflect upon social, cultural and political issues. Theatrical production develops student talent while offering the College community the opportunity to experience a wide array of theatre genres. Additionally, theatrical production suggests to students the opportunities offered in the field of theatre.

The student-run theatre organization, the Pinion Players, provides students with co-curricular opportunities to participate in all aspects of theatrical production, from directing and acting to designing and playwriting. Activities vary yearly, are driven by student interest, and may include full-length plays, touring children’s theatre productions, staged readings of student written work, and a student-directed one-act festival.

Intramurals

The intramural office provides a program of recreational activities for students, faculty and staff that encourages participation and provides challenging competition, healthy exercise and good sportsmanship. A complete list of intramural programs is available on MyBC at mybc.bridgewater.edu/student-life/intramurals.

Also, check out the Funkhouser Center on MyBC at mybc.bridgewater.edu/campus/funkhouser-center for fitness class information and hours of operation.

Outdoor Programs

Bridgewater College is committed to providing fun-filled, educational and challenging adventures to all members of the BC community regardless of skill level. The Outdoor Program sponsors weekly trips for BC students, which include indoor and outdoor rock climbing, hiking, skeet shooting, white water rafting, caving, paintball and camping.